Through this class, I hope to gather an inventory of legitimate resources and current experts I can point faculty to when they ask me the very specific “Is it OK if I..” questions. Not everyone can stay current with copyright case law. I want to be able to provide sound advice for using the material they have traditionally used in the live classroom, and converting to online.
Most of the time faculty are afraid of using material that it would actually be fine to use. They are comfortable using google-searched images in their slide in a Face-to-face class, but get worried when the slideshow goes into Blackboard.
One question I legitimately can’t find a clear answer on is “Is it okay to rip a DVD or part of a movie and put it up on a university-owned streaming server for your online class to watch, as long as the access is “Behind Blackboard” or college login credentials?”
There are a ton of “It Depends” answers to every question like this that comes my way, and I want to be keep current, provide sound advice, and encourage responsible media distribution as it pertains to fair use and Teach Act parameters. I would also like to put together some template emails to publishers for faculty to use to ask for the permissions of some of the media producers. I have helped a few faculty do this, with success. I try to encourage faculty check with our libraries (sometimes we have already negotiated these rights) and to use creative commons material whenever possible.
The question always lingers to who’s responsibility it is to make sure faculty have gained the correct clearance for media they are distributing (or that I helped them distribute). Is it only my (or my departments, or my institutions) responsibility to educate? Or do I need to keep files for faculty?
I also want to encourage faculty to be DIY makers and re-mixers but that is a want for another post…
Here is a Copyright Flowchart from LangWitches that is akin to the kind of resources I think it makes sense to provide.